Directed by Steven R. Monroe
Written by Neil Elman and Thomas Fenton
Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.-
I always have mixed emotions about a film like I Spit on Your Grave 2. There’s that part of me that wants Katie (Jemma Dallender, Taken: The Search for Sophie Parker) to wring every measure of revenge out of the men, Ivan (Joe Absolom, Hatfields and McCoys), Georgy (Yahov Baharoff, Tilt), Nicolay (Aleksandar Aleksiev, Jack Ryan, Shadow Recruit) and Valko (Peter Silverleaf, Fierce Creatures) who brutally rape her, and the woman, Ana (Mary Stockley, The Woman in Black) who allows it to happen, until the sweat dripping from her brow has the sweet scent of satisfaction. But then, there is also that part of me that feels guilty about sitting back in the comfort of my chair and watching a woman being brutally raped in the first place. I Spit on Your Grave 2 begs questions. Is rape entertainment? There have been a total of three films with the I Spit on Your Grave title; the original 1978 film (aka Day of the Woman), the 2010 remake and this, the sequel to that remake. The original film and I Spit on Your Grave 2 have a 5.6 rating on IMDb.com; while the remake ranks a 6.3. I find it hard to believe that people favor these films because of their high production values; yet again there have been three films so somebody out there likes them.
Is it the revenge angle of the story? Katie takes vengeance on her rapists in imaginative ways; infection, electrocution, suffocation and finally a method that makes the castration scene in Hostel Part II seem like foreplay. I’ll be the first to admit that after the first half of the film was spent with a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach I spent the second half with a smile on my face. Rape is not entertainment in any way, shape or form. However, and not to speak lightly, watching the woman who has been raped take satisfying revenge is entertainment indeed.
You’ll notice that I haven’t included a summary or synopsis so to speak, of the plot of I Spit on Your Grave 2. Why should I? I reviewed the two previous films; the plot is the exact same as it was before. To be honest with you I don’t even know if this article even qualifies as a review. How do you review rape? What’s that? It’s just fiction, you say? That is true; but it is fiction based on cold reality. The cold reality of I Spit on Your Grave 2 is that I pray that there is not an I Spit on Your Grave 3. If there is then I honestly don’t know if I want to live in this world anymore.
I rate I Spit on Your Grave 2 with 2 and a half out of 5 blood drops based on a strong performance from Jemma Dallender as Katie. Forgive me if that doesn’t satisfy you. I did my best.
At the box office, the film made US$809 for the week it was released at one theater.
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